Mothers and youth want development & progress

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Kohima, February 16: Even as the Churches, in Nagaland had been propagating not to support the non-secular political parties, specially BJP, in the February 27 polls, the younger generation and women folk have a different view altogether.
“We don’t have any objection even if they win and run the government unless they (BJP) try to impose the unfavourable policies of the Central Government upon the Naga people,” said Naga Mothers Association president Abieu Meru.
Asked if she as Christian mother has objections of BJP candidates winning seats in the State, Meru said “BJP had been in the government as alliance partners, and even this time they may have elected representative in the State”.
Nonetheless, as mothers, she said, “we can only hope that BJP should not impose their policies and programmes which are not good or favourable to the people, especially on the Christians”.
It is not the matter of supporting or being against any party, but India is a secular state and therefore even if elected a BJP MLA of the State should be able to convince their Central leaders not to impose the policies unfavourable to the people of the State, Meru maintained.
YouthNet Director, Lezo Putsure also expressed his personal opinion on a query on possibilities of BJP becoming a major part of the next government in the State, which the churches through the Nagaland Baptist Church Council, have been reminding the political leaders not to surrender their Christian principles and faith.
“BJP as a party is known for its good governance, being transparent, accountability and zero tolerance on corruption, which is evident, because economic and infrastructural development is taking place, such as roads, power, connectivity and skill development since BJP came to power in the Centre,” he pointed.
However, Putsure said “BJP as a party is backed by the RSS ideology which for a small Christian state like Nagaland can be dangerous”.
“At a juncture when young people have started losing faith in our leadership and institutes to a point of even questioning our faith and religion, our roots are shaken, if BJP comes to power, the ideologies, policies and programs pushed by the centre will harm us (Nagas)”, he maintained.
“Unless we have strong moral leaders, this is testing waters for the state,” Putsure added.
“I have no problem with any political party i.e both centre and regional party coming to power in state assembly,” says Katho P Awomi, President of All Nagaland College Students Union.
However, he cautioned, “if that party is not performing and if it preaches any communal disharmony than we have a problem”.
BJP has been a partner in Nagaland government for the last three terms and why should the Naga people be against it only now, queried a senior journalist without wanting to be named.
BJP made its entry into the State Assembly winning 2 seats in 2003 elections, followed by 7 in 2018 but reduced to one in 2013 elections. However, following the formation of BJP government in the Centre in 2014, three NCP MLAs merged with BJP Nagaland the same year.
This time dumping its erstwhile alliance ruling NPF, BJP has entered into pre-poll alliance with newly floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party on seat sharing agreement and is contesting 20 seats.
Of late, the social media is also being floated with youngsters debating on BJP contesting so many seats in Nagaland for the first time.
“If we remain strong on our Christian principles no one can shake our faith,” was an expression made by a student of BA 2nd Semester.
“Yes BJP Nagaland chapter must evolve and that is possible by ways of incorporating Christian ethics and principles in its system,” says Zakie Khate, press secretary of Angami Youth Organisation, a powerful youth body in the State capital.
(Page News Service)